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Concern over teenage mothers

2012-01-01 14:42

Durban - The number of teenagers among the mothers who gave birth on New Year's Day is concerning, the Kwazulu-Natal Health department said on Sunday.

"There were six teenage mothers who gave birth, which is a concern that the MEC [Sibongiseni Dhlomo] has been vocal against," said departmental spokesperson Chris Maxon.

The first New Year's baby, a girl, was born to a 19-year-old mother in Pietermaritzburg.

All together 33 babies have been born thus far in the province.

Meanwhile SABC news reported more than 50 babies had been born in Limpopo.

The first child born was a girl at Mankweng Hospital four minutes after midnight.

She was followed a minute later by another baby girl born at Musina hospital.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-01-01 15:00

    Make up your mind - what is the subject of the article? Teenage parenthood or New Years babies?

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-01 15:11

    Why show concern when you and many were teenagers when you gave birth in the early 90s to your now teenage kids who are making babies at a early stage just like their parents and grandparents and great grandparents. Teenage pregnancy aint goin' nowhere, get used to it.

      Dean Kenad - 2012-01-01 16:14

      My points exactly....seems its a cycle that wont ever end

  • Francois - 2012-01-01 15:14

    It is a concern that this is only a concern for the Kwa Zulu Natal Health Department. This must be a concern for Nathi Mtetwa as well as it is clear evidence of statutory rape, obvicously depending on the age of the mother, but teenage have some inclination to mean younger than 16 years and 8 months, which implies conception was when the girl was under the age of consent. Thus how about we get the number of girls that was subjected to statutory rape and get the number of arrests made in this regard in say 3 months time. The nice thing is, we can concentrat on one province - that of Zuma himself.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-01 15:56

    Go on kids, there is child support grant. This just shows that most of teenagers don't use condoms. There are still those who use contraceptive pills and injections and jeopardises any effort to contain the spread of HIV-Aids.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-01 15:57

    Go on kids, there is child support grant. This just shows that most of teenagers don't use condoms. There are still those who use contraceptive pills and injections and jeopardises any effort to contain the spread of HIV-Aids.

  • Dean Kenad - 2012-01-01 16:16

    Explains Why HIV IN SA will never ABATE

  • Freedom Gumede - 2012-01-01 16:54

    Child Care grant has destroyed this country. A 22 year old mother of 3 does not and will not work. She will happily raise her kids in destitution.

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